The Senate has adjourned until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 23 and will resume consideration of the nomination of John J. Sullivan to be Deputy Secretary of State. A vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Sullivan will occur at 11:00 a.m.
- S. Res. 156, Recognizing National Foster Care Month, was passed by unanimous consent.
- S. Res. 175, Recognizing the 100th Anniversary of the Commissioned Officer Corps, was passed by unanimous consent.
Cloture was filed on the nomination of Amul R. Thapar, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit, and the motion will ripen on Wednesday.
6:09 p.m. Senator Brown spoke against the Branstad nomination.
6:05 p.m. Senator McConnell filed cloture on the nomination of Amul R. Thapar, KY, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.
6:04 p.m. The Branstad nomination was confirmed by a vote of 82 to 13.
5:33 p.m. The Senate is voting on confirmation of Terry Branstad to be Ambassador to China.
5:26 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke in support of the Branstad nomination.
5:17 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke in support of the Branstad nomination
5:14 p.m. Senator Ernst spoke in support of the Branstad nomination.
5:00 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about Haiti.
4:47 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the opioid epidemic.
3:52 p.m. Senator Boozman recognized national drug court month.
3:48 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Branstad nomination and the pace of nominations this year.
3:25 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about health care and the budget.
3:10 p.m. Democratic Leader Schumer spoke about the investigation into Russian interference; the search for a new Director of the FBI; health care and the budget.
The Senate convened at 3:00 p.m. and has resumed consideration of the nomination of Terry Branstad to be Ambassador to China.
At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on confirmation of the Branstad nomination.